The electoral and open register

Like all registration offices, we keep two registers - the electoral register and the open register (previously known as the edited register).

The electoral register lists the names and addresses of everyone who is registered to vote in public elections and is also used for calling people for jury service, preventing and detecting crime and checking applications for credit. It is not sold on to anyone. Credit Reference agencies may only use it to check the customer's name and address if applying for credit and for other purposes specified in law.

The open register is an extract of the electoral register but it is not used for elections. It may be purchased in whole or in part by any person, company or organisation. For example, it is used by businesses and charities to confirm name and address details.

How do I opt out of the open register?

Your name and address will be included in the open register unless you ask for them to be removed. You can ask to be removed from the open register at any time and this will not affect your right to vote. If you need to register to vote, go to the link below and make sure you tick the box to opt out of the open register. If you are already registered, please download and fill in the open register opt out form below and return to: Electoral Services, St Martins Place, 51 Bath Road, Slough, SL1 3UF.

If you are concerned about your details appearing on a website, please contact that website directly.

Obtaining credit

Not being on the electoral register can affect your credit rating. If you are not already registered go to the link below to register online. Once your details have been confirmed you will receive a letter to confirm that you are registered. You may be asked by an Electoral Registration Officer to provide additional information if necessary.

If you are already registered at your current address but are still having problems obtaining credit, please take this up with the credit agency.

Viewing and purchasing the register

If you wish to purchase the open register please submit a request in writing to Electoral Services including your contact details. The open register can be viewed by the public at Slough Central Library only.

The full register can also be viewed, but only at St Martins Place. In order to inspect the full register an appointment must be made with Electoral Services in advance, this is because inspection of the full register has to be supervised and this can therefore only be undertaken when staff are available to do so.

Handwritten notes can be taken from either register but photocopies or electronic recordings are not permitted. It is possible to search the open register online using commercial websites.

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